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Report: Red Sox in 'active' trade talks regarding Allen Craig
by Michael Hurcomb |

The Red Sox are in "active" trade talks with at least one team regarding first baseman/outfielder Allen Craig, sources told FOX Sports. Craig is said to be fully recovered from a left foot injury that has bothered him since 2013.

Craig had a down season in 2014, batting .215 with eight home runs and 46 RBI in 126 games between the Cardinals and Red Sox. He really struggled with the Red Sox, batting .128 with one home run and two RBI in 29 games.

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A's acquire De La Rosa from D-Backs, DFA pitcher Rodriguez
by Michael Hurcomb |

The Athletics announced Thursday they acquired pitcher Eury De La Rosa from the Diamondbacks for cash. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, pitcher Fernando Rodriguez was designated for assignment.

De La Rosa was 2-0 with a 2.95 ERA in 25 relief outings for Arizona in 2014, while Rodriguez was 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA in seven relief outings for Oakland.

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Issue with Matt Kemp's physical not expected to derail trade
by Michael Hurcomb |

While several sources said there is an issue with Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp's physical, which is holding up a trade with the Padres, it isn't believed the issue will derail the deal, according to Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. 

There is no evidence the Padres are trying to rework the trade. For now, it is believed the Padres people are studying the findings from Kemp's physical, with the likelihood that they'll go to insurers to see whether the issue or issues discovered can be reasonably insured.

USA Today reported Thursday Kemp's physical revealed severe arthritis in both hips.

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Report: Padres-Dodgers trade delayed following Kemp's physical
by Michael Hurcomb |

The Padres are mulling whether or not to finalize the trade for Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp after his physical revealed severe arthritis in both hips, a person familiar with the diagnosis told USA Today. The source spoke to USA Today on the condition of anonymity.

The Padres and Dodgers agreed to a trade last week that would send Kemp, catcher Tim Federowicz and $32 million to San Diego for catcher Yasmani Grandal and pitching prospects Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin.

However, after Kemp's physical Tuesday, Padres' physicians are now discussing whether the arthritis would impact his career.

If the Padres choose to void the trade, then it would impact the Dodgers' trade with the Phillies for shortstop Jimmy Rollins since the deal included Eflin.

While the USA Today report has surfaced, Kemp's agent -- Junior Spivey -- told FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal, "Everything is OK. We're just waiting on the final details. Should be good to go." Although, Spivey added he has not heard from the Padres since Kemp took his physical Tuesday.

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Hart: Braves working on visa issue for Cuban OF Dian Toscano
by Michael Hurcomb |

Braves president of baseball operations John Hart said the team is working on the visa issues for Cuban outfielder Dian Toscano, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The Braves are hopeful Toscano will arrive in the U.S. before the start of spring training.

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Showalter: Machado appears more likely for O's opener than Wieters
by Michael Hurcomb |

Orioles manager Buck Showalter conveyed third baseman Manny Machado has a better chance of being ready for the Orioles season opener than catcher Matt Wieters, according to 

Machado had right knee surgery in August and Wieters underwent Tommy John surgery in June.

"With both of these guys, it will be when and not if. I think if you held a gun up to my head, I think Manny makes the start of the year, and I think Matt is very close thereafter, but we won’t put either one of these guys on the field until it’s time to go, and try to keep the finish line in mind," Showalter said.

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Japanese ace Kenta Maeda will not be posted this offseason
by Michael Hurcomb |

The Hiroshima Carp of the Japan Central League informed ace pitcher Kenta Maeda on Thursday he will not be posted this offseason, according to The Japan Times. Maeda, who has expressed his desire to pitch in the majors, will not be a free agent until after the 2017 season.

The right-handed hurler has won 10-plus games for Hiroshima the last five seasons. In his seven-year career, he is 82-59 with a 2.44 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. He is also striking out 7.3 batters and walking 1.9 batters per nine innings.

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Report: Rockies considering Kendrick as back-of-the-rotation arm
by Michael Hurcomb |

The Rockies are looking at free agent Kyle Kendrick as a potential back-of-the-rotation arm, according to ESPN. Kendrick is 1-1 with a 5.26 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in seven career outings (six starts) at Coors Field.

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Rangers' Daniels: Ryan Rua 'in a good position' to make roster
by Michael Hurcomb |

Ryan Rua received his first stint in the majors late last season and made such a strong impression in such a short period of time that the Rangers are looking to him to potentially be the starting left fielder in 2015, per

"He's in a spot where he if continues progressing at the rate he has, then I would expect that he's in a good position to make our club and get at-bats," general manager Jon Daniels said. "It's not going to be handed to him, but he has a strong chance to earn that spot."

The 24-year-old Rua hit .295 with two home runs, seven doubles and 14 RBI in 28 games with the Rangers in 2014. He had a .285/.365/.489/.854 slash line in 382 minor-league games before his promotion to the majors.

"He's not a guy that was off the radar screen and only produced for a month," Daniels said. "He's always hit from Day 1, and is an extremely hard worker that I think is going to have a good big league career."

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Hart: Braves expecting Markakis to be 'full go' in spring training
by Michael Hurcomb |

Braves outfielder Nick Markakis underwent fusion surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck Wednesday, per The team expects Markakis to resume baseball activities before the start of spring training. 

"We talked to (Dr.) Steve Wray after the surgery and he said it really went well," Braves president of baseball operations John Hart said. "He said [the procedure] really went well, and he thinks that this guy will be ready to go full go in spring training. The only thing is that there will be a little bit of a disruption for his normal routine getting ready for spring training."

Markakis is expected to be cleared for physical activities within the next month, and the hope is he will be fully cleared within six weeks. Markakis agreed to a four-year, $44 million deal with the Braves in early December.

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